One of the cool features that was first announced about the new DualShock 4 controllers for the PS4 was that you would be able to use it with your PS3, more or less. When people tried to put that into practice, they ran into more trouble than they expected. For one, the controller had to be connected to the PS3 at all times for it to work, and some of the buttons didn’t map properly with the PS3, mainly the new options and share buttons.

But, it looks like Sony has addressed at least one of those aforementioned issues. You are now able to connect your DualShock 4 wirelessly to your PS3 via the Bluetooth options on the PS3. It works just like syncing any other Bluetooth enabled device, ie: a headset.

You can follow these steps to successfully connect your DS4 to your PS3. Go to Settings – Accessory Settings – Manage Bluetooth Devices – Register New Device on your PS3. The PS3 will then start to scan for Bluetooth devices; in order to make your DS4 discoverable, hold the PS button and the Share button on the controller at the same time. Then, the light bar on the DS4 will blink and your controller will be connected to your PS3! The PS3 will then prompt you that your DS4 is now de-synced with your PS4, so you will have to resync it when you plan to use it again.

Resyncing the DS4 with the PS4 is as easy as plugging it in and turning the console on, but remember, the DS4 still has a few compatibility issues with some PS3 games.

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